Falcons hold off Outlaw, Rockets
For the Jordan boys’ basketball team, the key to its 65-57 PAC-6 victory over Roxboro Person on Friday night was responding to the Rockets’ charge.
“I don’t think we played all that well tonight,” Jordan coach Kim Annas said. “(Person is) a team that is hungry for a win. They’re a good team with a great player.”
That great player was UNC Greensboro-bound forward Tyrone Outlaw Jr., who hit a 3-pointer as time ran off the clock in the first quarter to give Person a 15-13 lead.
But Jordan (12-4, 5-0 PAC-6) responded with an 8-0 run in the second quarter and took a 33-25 lead into halftime.
Willie Weeks, who had eight points in the first half, finished the game with 12 points.
Outlaw, the game’s top scorer with 23 points, led the Rockets’ (8-7, 2-2) charge in the second half. He scored a 3-pointer to start a Rockets’ scoring streak. He then drove down the lane and found Derrick Bass for an easy layup to tie the score at 40 midway through the third quarter.
But this time the Falcons responded with their center.
After the teams traded a few baskets, Jared Hendryx air-balled a shot that would have given the Falcons a two-point lead.
But on the next possession Hendryx capitalized on his team’s transition offense with an above-the-rim dunk.
On the Rockets’ next possession, Hendryx blocked three shots that lead to to a transition score to give the Falcons a 48-42 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
“We’ve finally got it together,” Hendryx said of his team’s nine-game winning streak. “We could have played better tonight. We missed a lot under the basket, but it was a good win.”
Hendryx led the Falcons with 14 points.
Point guard Mike Lee took control for the Falcons in the fourth quarter with assists on consecutive possessions, finding Weeks and Keith Alston for easy layups to extend Jordan’s lead to nine.
In the girls game, Jordan defeated Person 84-27.
The Falcons took a 34-point lead into halftime, led by the four steals and four blocked shots by Salita Greene. Guard Millicent Blivin added four first-half steals for the Falcons.
Bayley Coleman-Cox led the Falcons with 22 points.
Jordan (B) 65, Person 57
PERSON — Tyrone Outlaw Jr. 23, Devin Scoggins 9, Jerry Smith 8, Jeff Hamlette 6, Logan Coats 5, Marquis Torain 4, Derrick Bass 2.
JORDAN — Jared Hendryx 14, Willie Weeks 12, Darien Ortiz 11, Arthur Reese 9, Tyreek Frye 6, KJ Alston 5, Keith Alston 4, Mike Lee 2, Marshall Thompson 1, Tim Williams 1.
Jordan (G) 84, Person 27
PERSON — Christina Harris 10, Cyanna Lester 4, Tiana Hatchett 4, Marissa Hungate 3, Jasmine McCain 2, Brianna McLamb 2, Jessica Lassiter 2.
JORDAN — Bayley Coleman-Cox 22, Salita Greene 18, Millicent Blivin 15, Asonte Rochelle 6, Jazmyne Norwood 7, Shaneika Chalmers 6, Adrianna Seeney 7, Paula Olave.
3-point FG—Jordan (Coleman-Cox, Seeney 2, Norwood). Rebounds—Jordan 33 (Greene 12). Assists—Jordan 15 (Coleman-Cox 7). Steals—Jordan 27 (Greene 7). Blocks—Jordan 7 (Greene 5).
Records—Jordan 9-7, 3-2 PAC-6.